It is memorable that the first blood shed in this contest has been by those men whose ancestors were first fired upon in the Revolution, and that the victims have been citizens of a State more devoted than any other in the South
to the American Union.
When the sons of Massachusetts
were assailed by England
, the South
rushed to their rescue, and when they had exhausted their arms and means in her defence, she refused to send a single soldier for the relief of the South
The wonder is, that after this exhibition of New England
patriotism, the South
ever consented to a union with such a people.
The Baltimore Sun
gives another specimen of their conduct in the late war. In 1812, in reply to the requisition of the President
for forces to repel foreign invasion, Gov. Strong
, of Massachusetts
, flatly refused.
It "was not (continues the Sun
) until Sept, 7th, 1814, that his Excellency Caleb Strong
was pleased to write to the Secretary of War
that, 'as the troops of the United States
, which, at different periods, were stationed on the sea coast of this State, had been afterwards ordered to join the army on the Western
frontiers, so that very few remained in the State
, ' he found it necessary 'to call out small bodies of the militia, as guards to the towns most exposed.'
With provident spirit, however, after doing this, he desires the Secretary of War
'to consult with the President and inform me whether the expenses incurred for our protection will be ultimately reimbursed to the State by the General Government.'"
These are the men who have shed the first blood upon Southern soil!
And that the soil of heroic Maryland
, and in the streets of Baltimore
, which has exhibited a degree of forbearance, even to Black Republicans in her borders, that thirty years ago would not have been extended to them in New York!
This is the State
which is sending troops to invade Virginia
, whose Washington
saved her infant colony from the engulfing waters of British power!